Video attributed to #justice4Mohbad protest in Abeokuta is MISLEADING

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A claim that protesters are looting traders’ stalls at the venue of the #Justice4Mohbad protest in Abeokuta, Ogun State organised in honour of the late Nigerian artist, Ilerioluwa Aloba a.k.a. Mohbad is making rounds online.

The claim was made by Ayekooto with the username @DeeOneAyekooto in a post on the X app (formerly Twitter). He posted the video alongside a caption which read:

Seeking justice for someone but you’re looting someone’s business. Karanbani!

In the video, people could be seen running and scampering for safety while some were seen vandalising traders’ stalls without caution in a bid to seek cover.

The video, posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, has since garnered over 165,000 views, about 300 reposts and over 800 likes as of September 22, 2023.

Yabaleftonline, a blog also posted the same video on X with a caption thus:

What’s happening in Abeokuta?

The video which was posted on the same day had garnered almost 2 million views, more than 11,000 likes and over 1400 reposts.

Mohbad who died on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at the age of 27 was a Nigerian artiste formerly signed to Marlian Music.

There have been various calls on the Nigerian authorities and police to carry out an investigation into the cause of the artiste’s death. The Nigerian police had responded saying it has begun investigation into Mohbad’s death. There have also been peaceful protests and walks in parts of the country to pay respect to the deceased artiste and to seek justice.

 

CLAIM

Video shows people looting stalls during a #justice4Mohbad protest in Abeokuta.

 

Screenshot of the claim alongside the viral video. Insert: MISLEADING verdict.
Screenshot of the claim alongside the viral video. Insert: MISLEADING verdict.

 

THE FINDINGS

Findings by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is MISLEADING.

Unlike what the claim stated that people were looting shops, people were actually fleeing for safety while vandalising properties.

Further checks show that the footage is not recent.

Using the InVID keyframes analysis tool to search the video for landmarks, some buildings were spotted in the video which was also spotted in a selfie video taken by some individuals at the peaceful protest which also took place in Abeokuta. The popular Panseke pedestrian bridge was also spotted in both videos.

Some X users had also tagged the video as ‘fake’ as it was not related to the protest which took place on Monday as the video was from a previous protest.

However, The FactCheckHub could not independently ascertain when the event from the viral video took place.

Similarly, several credible media platforms in the country including Channels TV, Punch, and Guardian, who reported the peaceful protest, did not cite any instance of violence from the protesters.

 

THE VERDICT

The claim that the video shows people looting stalls during a #justice4Mohbad protest in Abeokuta is MISLEADING; the footage is an old video being circulated as that of recent protest for Mohbad in Abeokuta. Also, the video does not show protesters looting traders but scampering for safety.

Fact-checker at The FactheckHub | [email protected] | + posts

Seasoned fact-checker and researcher Fatimah Quadri has written numerous fact-checks, explainers, and media literacy pieces for The FactCheckHub in an effort to combat information disorder. She can be reached at sunmibola_q on X or [email protected].

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